'''Vito "Don Vito" Genovese''' (November 27, 1897 – February 14, 1969) was an Italian-American mobster
who rose to power during Prohibition
as an enforcer in the American Mafia
and would later become leader of the Genovese crime family
. Genovese served as mentor to the future boss of the Genovese crime family Vincent Gigante|Vincent "Chin" Gigante
[DeVico, Peter J. "The Mafia Made Easy: The Anatomy and Culture of La Cosa Nostra". [http://books.google.com/books?id=vyIXw1oq56YC&pg=PA186&dq=michael+genovese+cousin+vito&hl=en&ei=B4_1TPKLIsG88gaXr9mgBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=michael%20genovese%20cousin%20vito&f=false (p. 186)].]
He was known as capo di tutti capi|Boss of all Bosses
from 1957 to 1959.
Along with longtime associate Charles Luciano
, he is deemed responsible for expanding the heroin
trade to an international level.